Photography and Design

Photography and design for books, leaflets and interpretative material.

Stained Glass Research

Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.

Saints' Cults in Wales

A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts about saints in Wales.

Detail of woodwork at Hafod.
Stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo.
Scene from the Life of St Winifrede, at Holywell.

Sulien Books

art and craft, ancient and modern

News and events

I am exhibiting again as part of the 'Art on the Faith Trail' in Pembrokeshire Churches. This year I am exhibiting work at the Church of St David, Llanychaer, and St Davids Cathedral. I will also be contributing work for a 'Diverse Manners' group exhibition at the Gŵyl Coda Festival, Llanidloes, in late July.

I was speaking recently at the Lampeter Interfaith Conference, 'Spirituality: Multifaith and Interfaith Perspectives' on 17 July 2018, in a session on visual aspects of sprituality.

My most recent publication, a guide to the stained glass at the Church of St Peter, Carmarthen, was launched the church on 10 March 2018. It is available at the church or from the Sulien Books website.

 

Mural decoration and stained glass by Stanisław Wyspiański, Franciscan Church, KracowStained Glass from c.1800 to 1945: Terminology – Periodization – Forms

International Conference, Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, 6–7 December 2017

This conference gathered together scholars from six European countries and the United States to discuss recent work on post-medieval glass in each of our countries. Several national committees of the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi have decided to begin to systematically record the stained glass of their countries into the modern period, rather than just their medieval stained glass, and in this respect, the Polish CVMA have excelled, with a fine series of volumes on the stained glass in the southern states of Poland.

Jagiellonian University, Grodzka 53, KrakówThe conference programme included visits to two churches in the city, one of which brought us face to face with fourteenth-century glass high in the east end of St Mary's Basilica adjoining the main square. But the focus of the conference was of course on more recent glass and seeing the extraordinary windows by Stanisław Wyspiański at the Franciscan Church was a particular highlight (above left). The striking modernism of these windows, made over a hundred years ago, is unlike anything that was being produced for churches in Britain at that date. The artist was also responsible for extensive mural decoration of the church as well.

For further information about the conference, see the review by Jasmine Allen.

 

Image of St David in stained glass, at Llanbadarn Fawr.The Saints of Llandaff

The first of a series of events related to the new 'Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae' (The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints) project took place at Llandaff Cathedral on 11 November. The afternoon event continued a series of events that I organised for the proceeding ‘Cult of Saints in Wales’ project in 2015 and 2016, with members of the project team and other experts sharing recent work on saints in Wales.

Most of the talks were held in Prebendal House, adjacent to the cathedral, but I took the opportunity to speak about the two windows in the Dyfrig Chapel that depict saints and legendary kings in Wales, one of which was commissioned by Sir William Thomas Lewis, first baron Merthyr, while the second was placed there in his memory.

While the saints that became patrons of the new cathedral in the twelfth century were Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy, Lewis chose Tudful and Elfan to be included in the window, with other figures associated with the Lucius legend included in the tracery lights.

 

 

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Research projects

I have been based at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies since 1999. For a brief summary of the projects that I have been involved in at the Centre, see my staff page.